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Volunteer with the Strangford Lough team

Help us protect this beautiful area for future generations to enjoy

Help us protect this beautiful area for future generations to enjoy

The National Trust manages an incredibly large area of land and foreshore around Strangford Lough, including many islands and areas of farmland and woodland. With a team of only four Countryside Wardens, it really couldn’t cope with such a large area, if it wasn’t for the dedicated assistance of its many enthusiastic volunteers.

What you can expect

There are many ways to volunteer with us

The list of things we get up to is endless and includes:

  • Bird surveys
  • Red squirrel surveys
  • Hedge laying
  • Pond digging
  • Fencing
  • Coppicing
  • Dry stone walling
  • Photography
  • Guided walks
  • Tree planting

Read our blog

Our blog reflects the personal experiences of the staff and volunteers who are lucky enough to experience Strangford Lough. We hope it inspires you to get out there and explore it for yourself.

The benefits

Get the whole family involved

Get the whole family involved

Not only are there many environmental benefits from this work, but the individuals who take part also gain personally from the experience. Volunteering is a fantastic way to stay fit whilst spending time in the fresh air and discovering some of the most inspiring parts of the countryside. We are constantly learning about our wildlife and discovering skills we didn’t know we had. And we get an enormous amount of pride and satisfaction from doing something which is really worthwhile. All while having great fun with like-minded people.

Many types of people volunteer

From the young to the old, we have lots of people currently volunteering

  • Students gaining work experience
  • Retired or unemployed people who want to do something positive with their free time
  • People who are simply glad to get out of the office at the weekend
  • Business groups
  • Working holidays

Get involved

Strangford Lough, Co. Down

Strangford Lough, Co. Down

There really is something to interest everyone and many ways to get involved either during the week or at weekends. There is no time commitment necessary – just come along on the days that suit you.

If you are interested in getting involved with the National Trust team at Strangford Lough, then please email our ranger, Tomasz Ciesielski. Tomasz can explain the many ways you can help out and arrange a day for you to come in and meet the other volunteers.

Volunteering with the National Trust is very enjoyable and an extremely worthwhile thing to do. We would highly recommend it.